Old Cahawba is Alabama's most famous ghost town. In 1819 the town was carved out of the wilderness to be the state's first capital. Although the state changed the location of the capital in 1826, Cahawba continued to grow into a thriving and wealthy river town.

For a short time after the Civil War Cahawba attracted emancipated African Americans seeking new freedoms and politial power. By 1870, however, the population diminished to 300. By the turn of the century most of Cahawba's buildings were lost to fire, decay, or dismantlement.

Blue Star Museum: Old Cahawba proudly offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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Come experience the picturesque ruins of Old Cahawba, an important archaeological site and gateway to natural wonders.

Old Cahawba's grounds as well as the historic St. Luke's Church are available for family reunions and large gatherings.

For more information contact us at 334-872-8058 or


First Saturday Tours - check calendar for next tour
Haunted History Tours - October

Amount Ticket
$2 Adult
$1 Children 6-18 years (with parent)
Canoe rental & shuttle For more info call 334-872-8058
Guided Tours Check event calendar for rates

From Selma, Alabama, take AL-22 West for 9 miles. Turn left on County Road 9 and travel 5 miles. Turn left on County Road 2 to enter Old Cahawba.

9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville, Alabama 36767


Site Director: Linda Derry

Visitor Center: 334-872-8058


Media Contact: Andi Martin, 334-230-2680